Christmas Essentials for a Cozy Holiday


Create a cozy holiday aesthetic in your home this season with these Christmas essentials.

Christmas Essentials

These next few weeks are truly the coziest time of the year. The chilly temperatures, the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree, and the roaring fire in the fireplace invite us to snuggle up with a cup of hot cocoa with a classic Christmas movie on the tv.

Cozy Christmas

As cozy and magical Christmas can be, it can also be a busy and stressful time. There is so much to do during the holidays; from buying gifts, to parties to host & attend, to family gatherings, and so much more. We can get caught up in all we have to do, and forget to stop and really enjoy the season.

Christmas Essentials

So, this holiday, add some or all of these Christmas essentials to your home to create a cozy holiday aesthetic. Take a break from the hustle & bustle to relax and enjoy all that this season has to offer. Who wouldn’t love spending a cold December day in Christmas jammies eating sugar cookies by the fire?!

Christmas Essentials

Christmas Blog Hop

As we enter the most wonderful time of the year, I am joining 6 other bloggers to bring you Christmas ideas to inspire you for the holidays! Continue reading to the end of this blog post for links to each of the inspirational Christmas blog posts. Thank you to my friend Rebecca at Rouse in the House for hosting this blog hop.

Bloggers' Christmas Inspiration

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10 Christmas Essentials You Need for a Cozy Holiday

Twinkling Lights

Christmas Tree

The twinkling lights of the Christmas tree make the shorter days of winter a little more bearable. I love the festive glow and ambiance the lights of the Christmas tree add to our home at the holidays.

The soft white lights add warmth and coziness, just what is needed to fight the winter blues.

Christmas Essentials

You can shop our pre-lit Christmas tree here. I also like to add these battery operated candles for even more cozy glow on the tree.

Christmas Tree

Create a Hot Cocoa Station

Christmas Essentials

Tis the season…to create a hot cocoa station!

There is nothing more cozy and soul warming than a warm cup of hot cocoa on a cold winters day.

Hot Cocoa Station

Creating a hot cocoa station is a Christmas essential for a family get together, adult Christmas gathering, kid’s birthday party, or just for a night watching Christmas movies by the fire.

Hot Cocoa Station

Check out the details on how to create a hot cocoa station in your home, along with free printable tags for the hot cocoa toppings, here.

Christmas Essentials

Turn on Christmas Music

A cozy home embraces all five senses, so don’t forget about the sense of hearing.

While you’re busy working around the house, turn on some good old fashioned Christmas music! I love classic Christmas music, but turn on any tunes that will get you into the festive holiday spirit.

Christmas Living Room

Christmas is the only time of year with it’s own music, enjoy it!

Bake Sugar Cookies

Christmas Essentials

In our home, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without homemade cookies! Specifically, homemade sugar cookies cut out into fun Christmas shapes.

Sugar Cookies

This cookie baking tradition started with my mom when I was a child. I fondly remember her baking these sugar cookies, and my father, sister, and I frosting them. Once bite of these cookies brings me right back to my childhood. I love continuing this tradition in my home, with my family.

Homemade Sugar Cookies

Find my sugar cookie roll out recipe, here. The secret to these delicious cookies? Store bought vanilla frosting!

Light Candles

Christmas Candles

Christmas scented candles are my favorite candles, and quite frankly I could burn them all year long. The scents of pine, cedar, citrus, cinnamon, and clove are my favorite holiday scents and remind of Christmas each time I light one. What does Christmas smell like to you?

We always have an Antique Candle Co. candles burning in our home. They are beautiful candles, and the scents are heavenly!

Christmas Essential

My favorite Christmas candles from Antique Candle Co. are:

Christmas Candle

Watch Christmas Movies

One of my favorite Christmas past times is snuggling on the couch with a Christmas movie on tv. It’s cozy and as with Christmas music, we only get one time of year to enjoy them.

Christmas Living Room

Some of our families favorite Christmas movies include:

  • White Christmas
  • Home Alone
  • Polar Express
  • Elf
  • The Santa Clause
  • The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • A Christmas Carol

Simmer Stovetop Potpourri

Stovetop Potpourri

This is one of my favorite ways to infuse our home with the smells of Christmas. Add water, seasonal ingredients, and spices to a pot, then simmer on the stove.

Here’s how to make Christmas stovetop potpourri:

Stovetop Potpourri

In a Dutch oven, combine orange & apple slices, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, cloves, star anise, and pine boughs. Cover with water and bring to a simmer over low heat. Continue to simmer, uncovered for up to 2 hours. Replenish water as needed. Can be used for multiple days (keep pot covered when not simmering), as long as water is replenished.

Stovetop potpourri can also be given as a homemade Christmas gift. Find out how, here.

Cuddle With Throw Blankets

Christmas essentials must include throw blankets! Even Eleanor cannot resist a good snuggle on the couch with a cozy throw blanket.

Winter Blankets

I like to update the throw blankets in our living room according to the seasons. For winter, I place thicker textured blankets on our couch to keep us warm. Wool, fleece, velvet, and cotton are all get fabrics to look for in winter blankets.

Add a Christmas Tree to the Bedroom

Christmas Essentials

This was the first year we added a Christmas tree to our bedroom. And let me tell you, it won’t be the last!

The Christmas tree has added the perfect amount of coziness and ambiance to our bedroom for the holiday season. It does makes staying in bed all day that much easier.

Our bedroom Christmas tree remains undecorated and I am kind of loving it! Don’t be afraid to leave a tree bare, sometimes it’s more beautiful without all the added décor.

Christmas Essentials

Bring Nature In

One of the most budget friendly and coziest ways to decorate for the holidays is by bringing the outdoors in.

In this corner of our home, I added natural décor to a seagrass basket and filled with birch logs, greenery, and pinecones.

Christmas Essentials
Winter Basket

Star anise is another Christmas essential. Not only do I use this licoricey spice in stovetop potpourri, I have incorporated star anise into our home décor as well!

Christmas Wreath

Last year, I added natural pine boughs to our entryway by simply styling them in a linen shopping bag.

Christmas Essentials

Dried orange slices are a great option for natural décor. Hung as ornaments or as a garland they resemble mini stained glass window!

Dried Orange Ornaments

More Christmas Essentials

For more Christmas & holiday ideas and inspiration from me, click here!

Christmas Tree

There is even more Christmas inspiration at the end of this post from my blogging friends. Be sure to check out their amazing Christmas decorating ideas!

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Bloggers’ Christmas Inspiration

Gingerbread Houses
Gingerbread Centerpiece
North Pole Sign
Gingerbread Mantle

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Velvet Christmas Tree
Christmas Decor
Christmas Essentials

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  1. Thank you Cindy, you are always too kind! My dad is always saying I need to watch Holiday Inn but I’ve never seen it. I think I need to add to my list of movies to watch! Merry Christmas!

  2. Such a great list! We also love The Bishops Wife, Holiday Inn and A Christmas Story. I think one of those is on the list for this weekend. Nothing better than spending time with big kids at home. And I forgot to mention in the last post that I love the tree in your bedroom. Everything is so cozy! And I mean – everything!

  3. All of your décor is giving me ALL the cozy vintage Christmas feelings!! From the adorable way you tied the ribbon on the tree to the adorable village houses under the tree to your cozy, vintage feeling cocoa bar, I love every detail. Love, love, Loooove!!

  4. So gorgeous, Heidi. Your home looks like it belongs in a magazine. Definitely gives me all the cozy holiday vibes. I can’t wait to see more of your hot cocoa station. Happy to be hopping with you, friend. Pinned!

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